But surfaces can be deceptive.
After three years of subpoenas, Supreme Court hearings, and existential legal wrangling over the legality of charges against a United States President for wrongdoing, the dreaded New York team of prosecutors have charged an accountant little-known 73-year-old for defrauding taxpayers of $ 1.7 million. over 15 years. That’s a lot of money for most people, but not an amount that Trump would worry about, which Forbes says is worth $ 2.4 billion.
To downplay the importance of this week’s indictment, however, would be a mistake. Alongside Manhattan District Attorney Weisselberg Cyrus Vance, and the New York State Attorney General Letitia James also accused the Trump Organization of tax evasion, the start of a process that could grow Trump’s secret empire.
The salvo in the long legal battle will, at the very least, envelop Trump for years in legal trouble, and at worst could destroy his family business and put not only Weisselberg but the members of the Trump family who run his business and Trump. himself in the dock.